Werner Lategan


Inthis publication Halpern attempts to reconstruct a life of the historical David, based on
available biblical material. He provides the reader with a very well written and
thoroughly researched publication (Though the reader might at times feel a bit lost in all the
minute detail and technicalities, e.g. the discussion of David and Hadadezer (chapter 9». In
it the reader will find a historical, textual, psychological and archaeological analysis of the
existing biblical material. His book is divided into five parts (Part I, David in writing. Part
II, Penetrating the textual veil. Part III, Defining David's empire. Part IV, A historical
overture to David's career. Part V, A life of David), including an Appendix (The
archaeology of David's reign). Twenty-three chapters in all, the publication forms part of
The Bible in its world series that attempts to offer an in-depth view of significant aspects of
the biblical world, in order to enhance the understanding of biblical texts and their settings.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/78-0-700


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